Celtic’s goal record under Neil Lennon this season came to an end against Livingston on Sunday.
Much has been made of the fact that it was our first domestic defeat of the season. Celtic had looked pretty much unstoppable before the shock loss at the Tony Macaroni Arena last weekend. It was a poor defeat, but another record also went that day.
Celtic failed to score in competitive action for the first time this season. In every game, regardless of whether it was Champions League qualifiers, Europa League, or domestic action – the Hoops had managed to net in every single one.
The only two matches they previously hadn’t scored in were friendly contests against St Gallen and Rennes respectively. Outside of that, no side had managed to stop the Hoops.
It was a disappointing day in West Lothian. Celtic never looked likely on Sunday either when it came to finding the net. The red card to Ryan Christie undoubtedly played a big part. However, it remains a disappointment regardless.
Shows how well Neil Lennon has started the season
It’s important not to be fooled by the fact we’re second in the table. Neil Lennon has started the campaign well, with the recent results against Hibernian and Livingston the only black marks on his domestic record.
Things haven’t been helped by how rivals Rangers have responded to our victory over them at Ibrox. Four straight wins from the Ibrox side has put some pressure on us. But this is a Celtic side who have thrived under pressure over the last three years.
The goal record we’ve managed to keep going right up until October shows just how impressive this Celtic side has been so far. Lenny has managed to get so many of our forward players firing in front of goal.
Ryan Christie leads the way this season with 11 goals in all competitions. Behind him, Odsonne Edouard has managed nine with James Forrest on seven. The goals are being spread throughout our forward line, and that’s a fine sight for Lennon.
Of course, being second in the Premiership in October doesn’t mean much. But at the same time, Celtic fans will want their side to knock Rangers off of our regular spot as soon as possible.
Altogether this season, we’ve rattled home a fine 54 goals. With that kind of goalscoring form, it’s scary to think what this Celtic side could end up achieving.